A commemorative postage stamp on the Jat Regiment Bicentenary:
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 20, 1995
Stamp : ISP Nasik
FDC : Jat Regiment
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.
Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Number of stamps Printed : One Million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
- The history of the Jat Regiment dates back to 1795 when a garrison unit “the Calcutta Native Militia” was raised at the Presidency for local guard duties. Converted into a regular infantry unit in 1861 it was finally amalgamated with the Jat Regimental Centre in 1923. Three other units joined the Regiment in 1923. By the end of the Second World War, the number of battalions had increased to five. After Independence the Regiment underwent periodic expansion, and by 1995, has 19 battalions including one Territorial Army Unit.
- During its 200 year long history the Regiment has served with great distinction within and outside the country and has earned 34 battle honours and large number of gallantry awards including one Victoria Cross, 3 George Crosses, 7 Maha Vir Chakras, 5 Kirti Chakras, 34 Vir Chakras and 10 Saurya Chakras. Its 1st Battalion, now a mechanised infantry battalion, was the only unit in the British Indian Army to have been awarded the twin honorifics of “Royal” and “Light Infantry”. The 3rd Battalion, the fourth highest decorated unit of British Indian Army during the 2nd World War, received universal acclaim for its outstanding action at DOGRAI in 1965, now considered a landmark battle by military thinkers.
- The Regiment has also contributed its contingents to UN forces in Korea in 1953-54 and later in Congo in 1961-62. The regiment’s motto “Sangathan Wa Veerta” underlines the eternal relevance of valour and spirit-de-corps in a soldier’s life.